Updated: 01/07/2012 08:06 | By pa.press.net

Morgan gives England the edge



England's Eoin Morgan bats during the first One Day International match at Lord's

England's Eoin Morgan bats during the first One Day International match at Lord's

Eoin Morgan's expert limited-overs batsmanship and the depth of England's bowling attack carried them to a 15-run victory over Australia in the first NatWest Series match at Lord's.

Morgan scampered and then bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 89 from only 63 balls to raise a workmanlike England total to 272 for five.

That gave Steven Finn, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad enough runs to play with as they chipped away at the opposition with two wickets each to go 1-0 up with four more matches to play - despite the best efforts of Michael Clarke (61) and David Warner (56).

England's innings was hampered by awkward early conditions, under heavy cloud cover, and it was thanks to openers Ian Bell and Alastair Cook and then Jonathan Trott (54) and especially Morgan that they mustered a defendable total.

Morgan engineered an impressive late charge in company with Craig Kieswetter, including two consecutive sixes over wide long-on off Lee, in the highest stand of the innings.

On a fair pitch, it was clear England would need to get to the Australia tail in good time to contain the run chase. Finn set the tone early when he saw off the dangerous Shane Watson caught-behind via an England review which overturned Aleem Dar's initial not out verdict after the ball apparently slid over the face of the bat as the opener tried to dab a cut.

It was Anderson, though, who put the brakes on best - by taking two wickets in three balls, to offset an economy rate of almost six an over in his first two spells.

After a watchful start, the combative Warner had rattled past his half-century in 57 balls - with five fours and a six. But Anderson added his wicket, well-caught by a diving Kieswetter from an edged drive, to that of George Bailey - who chopped on to a delivery which held its line up the slope to end a second-wicket stand of 76.

Clarke and David Hussey therefore had to start again without a run between them. Hussey deflected a Finn bouncer on to his helmet and then down on to his bails, and Steven Smith had still yet to convince when he hung his bat out to edge Bresnan behind.

There was a half-century stand with Matthew Wade and a 59-ball 50 from Clarke completed with a six high over midwicket off Graeme Swann. Once Wade sacrificed himself, after a run-out a mix-up, and then Bresnan had Clarke lbw with an inswinging full-toss the outcome was no longer in serious doubt.

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30/06/2012 19:49
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never boring, beating the aussies. Onya boys!
30/06/2012 09:42
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CRICKET CRICKET CRICKET the only hobby with no trophies just TEST TEST TEST WHO ACTUALLY GIVES A FKKKKKK
30/06/2012 08:59
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CRICKET! BORING! BORING! BORING!  I usually get out the paint do a wall and then watch it dry, far more interesting! can't understand what my old man sees in it at!
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